The deadly conflict between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has led to unprecedented devastation in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and various regions across the nation.
The toll has been immeasurable – hundreds of civilian casualties, thousands wounded, and millions forced into displacement and refugee status.
Survivors have had to violence and degradation beyond imagination, not least of which being sexual and physical assault, torture, and arbitrary arrests.
Not to mention the RSF militia, notably in Darfur and specifically in West Darfur state, committing massacres and extrajudicial killings.
Sudan has now produced one of the largest counts of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world. The number exceeds 7 million, 5.4 million of whom have been displaced since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-April last year.
Looting, taunts and occupation
The inhabitants of Khartoum – now a desolate ghost town, with over two-thirds of its population fleeing the area – have also suffered rampant looting at the hands of the RSF.
Militia members have been known to break into abandoned homes, taking whatever was left behind. On occasion, they’ve invaded occupied homes, looting their owners at gunpoint. Even worse, they’ve forced owners to vacate, only to steal the homes themselves.